Pawn Shop Operator Testifies at Uchence Trial

A senior Manager at a popular pawn shop told the court during the Uchence Wilson gang trial yesterday that anyone looking to sell items to the entity must provide a receipt or letter from a Justice of the Peace verifying their ownership of the item.

The Prosecution’s first witness during his evidence in chief said he pawned or sold several stolen items at the entity’s corporate area branch. The witness who is a former accomplice of the gang had told the court he signed a contract but at no point provided proof of ownership for the items.

The first witness said two of the entity’s employees knew the items were stolen. The senior Manager is giving evidence as the two employees have been implicated. They’re Jermaine Stewart and Ricardo Sirju.

The Senior Manager explained a detailed process that would be conducted when persons are doing business with the company. She says besides proving ownership, the customer’s fingerprint would be taken and proof of identification scanned. She says the customer must also sign a contract.

The Senior Manager at the pawn shop also told the court that transactions done at each branch are not collated. She says whatever transactions are registered into the system at one particular location will not be seen electronically at their other branches.

During cross examination of the Prosecution’s first witness, a number of defence attorneys had suggested to the witness that he carried out transactions at more than one branch.

However the witness had maintained he only sold the stolen items at one location. Meanwhile, the evidence in chief of the Prosecution’s witness from a local media entity was halted yesterday.

The witness had been called to give evidence about the advertisements of stolen items placed in the media entity’s classifieds by the gang.

However, a number of the documents relating to process of placing the advertisements in the classifieds could not be admitted into evidence as exhibits.

The Prosecution was unable to satisfy the provisions set out in a section of the Evidence Act that would make the documents admissible. Their continued examination in chief was dependent on the admissibility of the documents. The witness may be recalled if the Prosecution is able to satisfy the provisions of the legislation.

The Senior Manager of the popular pawn shop is expected to continue her evidence in chief this morning at 10.

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